RIP Johnny Otis

 

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Johnny Otis, music legend and one of the “first musicians to cross the racial divide,” passed away yesterday at age 90. The man’s influence on soul music, jazz, and even rock-n-roll is an epic movie in and of itself.

Among his many accomplishments and honors are his discovery of Little Esther (Esther Phillips), his co-writing and production of the original version of “Hound Dog” (later covered by Elvis), and recording with Frank Zappa. The tireless entertainer also wore many hats – radio jock, TV presenter, politician, preacher, organic farmer and of course, father of Shuggie Otis.

Read more on the life Johnny at The Guardian website.

Official Site

 

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Aloe Blacc’s Good Things Out Today + MP3

Stones Throw artist Aloe Blacc has been working up to today’s release of Good Things with interviews, performances and viral covers (check out our Exclusive Giant Step video interview, coming soon!) After perfecting his emcee skills with producer Exile in their group Emanon and a solo debut record, Shine Through, Aloe Blacc emerged from relative obscurity this year when HBO chose his “I Need A Dollar” as the theme song for How To Make It In America.  (“I Need A Dollar” is MP3 of the Day on Amazon) With production by the Truth & Soul crew, Good Things is now available and it’s the best soul album to come out this year.

Aloe Blacc – “You Make Me Smile” [MP3]
 

Purchase on iTunes | Amazon | Stones Throw (limited edition 3xLP vinyl)

Giant Step in LA Tonight with Nneka and DJ Vikter Duplaix

SVEDKA Vodka Sessions #4

For her Los Angeles debut — the fourth installment of our SVEDKA Vodka Sessions series — the hottest new African soul sensation Nneka joins very special guest DJ Vikter Duplaix for an intimate evening at SkyBar at Mondrian, in West Hollywood. Blowing away the jam packed crowd at her US-debut at Joe’s Pub last week, she showed us her guitar-slinging, soul-singing prowess yet again at the last Roots Jam Session.

Check out Afripop’s review and video of Nneka at her NYC debut last week.

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